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Community health clinic opens new dental branch
The Kodiak Community Health Center’s new dental clinic saw its first patient on Monday. The dental clinic, located in the same building as the health center attached to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center, aims to provide affordable dental care to all people in the community, while targeting the poor, underserved and uninsured. Analyzing a study conducted five years ago, the health center found a huge need for...
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Kodiak man accused of rape now faces sexual assault charges for a second case
A Kodiak man accused of raping a woman at the Buskin River State Recreation Site last year now faces charges in a second sexual assault case. Robert Zoellner Jr., 33, was arraigned Tuesday in superior court at the Nesbett Courthouse in Anchorage for three counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of third-degree sexual assault. His bail was set at $150,000 and a court-approved third-party custodian. Acc...
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Third volcano starts acting up
A third volcano has begun erupting in Southwest Alaska, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory. On Thursday, the observatory announced that Veniaminof, a volcano 38 miles west-southwest of Chignik may have begun erupting. Clouds have prevented scientists from confirming the eruption, but “elevated surface temperatures observed in satellite images of Veniaminof Volcano this morning … indicate an eruption at th...
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Fish tender crew recognized for dramatic rescue in winter 2012
The U.S. Coast Guard presented the crew of the Trident Seafoods fish tender Tuxedni with the prestigious Gold Lifesaving Medal awards for their heroic actions that saved the lives of five people from the sinking fishing vessel Heritage in 2012. Tuxedni Capt. Greg Plancich, engineer Dan Hardwick, deckhands Jim Fultz and Wayne Kit received the medals Wednesday during a special ceremony at Coast Guard Base Kodiak. “Y...
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More improvements coming to Baranof Park
On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, Kodiak kids released from school dotted the green artificial turf of Baranof Park. Some threw Frisbees. Others passed a football while parents walked laps of the park’s track. Tonight, the Kodiak City Council will decide whether or not to give those kids and their parents a little extra room to spread out in the sun. The council is scheduled to vote on the second phase of the Barano...
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Salmon surge continues as Buskin River sockeye bag limit is raised
This summer’s surge of salmon isn’t just hitting the Karluk and Afognak rivers; it’s coming to Kodiak, too. On Wednesday morning, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced it has raised the daily bag limit for sockeye salmon from two fish to five. Fishermen are still limited to salmon 20 inches or longer and can only have five fish in their possession at one time. The raised bag limit is the latest sign of ...
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One man’s hobby: Soaring with the eagles
Summer is the time for daydreaming. Lie back in the warm grass and open your eyes, watching the eagles circle above. As you lie on Pillar Mountain, a red bird with a 10-foot wingspan joins them, circling and looping in the breeze above the mountain. Remove your sunglasses and you see that it’s not a bird — it’s a glider. It’s the daydream of 48-year-old Andrew Airways mechanic Chris Badessa. For the past 11 years,...
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Pier 3 project faces sandy dilemma
As the city of Kodiak gets down and dirty with its effort to build a new Pier 3, problems have emerged from the muck at the bottom of Kodiak's port. In a Tuesday night presentation to the Kodiak City Council, engineer Kenton Braun said the city will soon have to decide whether it wants to scale down the pier or add 10 percent to its $33 million price tag. "Soil strength plays into this a lot," Braun explained. Whe...
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State can’t find interim ferry to fill Tustumena’s absence
The state has struck out in its search for an interim Tustumena replacement. The Alaska Marine Highway System has confirmed that only one company responded to the state’s plea for interim ferry service between Kodiak and Homer. With the ferry Tustumena in dry dock until the end of July, only the ferry Kennicott will stop at the Emerald Isle during the peak of tourist season. With the Tustumena unavailable, the sta...
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Permit process slow with small staff
For the next few weeks, the Kodiak Island Borough’s community development department will be stretched thin. The department was already down a full-time employee after Bud Cassidy left earlier this year to take over as borough manager. It will now be down two full-time employees with the departure of acting director Duane Dvorak. The staffing shortage is expected to slow the process of issuing residential and deve...
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